Things to do at Arlington with the family

Children running across the grass

A day spent at Arlington is a day full of family fun; there's always something to keep your little ones occupied. It doesn't have to be school holidays to come and have fun at Arlington.

Whats on this summer at Arlington Court?

Join us this summer for a range of activities, from nature trails to outdoor theater, there is somthing for everyone. Our Jubille celebrations will be taking place throughout the May half-term, with special events taking place on Thursday 2 June, nicluding crown and bunting making, trails and scavenger hunts. Also at Arlington this summer we have:

Conservation in Action at Arlington court 
Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays 13 – 18 July (11am- 3pm). See textile conservator Morwena carry out some conservation work on the silk screens at Arlington Court. 

Sunday 8 May – Thursday12 May (11-3pm). See carriage conservator Dianne carry out some conservation work on our newly acquired Chichester family carriage in the National Trust Carriage Museum. 

Outdoor Cinema at Arlington Court 

  • West Side Story, Friday 29 July (9.30pm onwards) 
  • Mamma Mia (celebrating 50 years), Saturday 30 July (9.30pm onwards) 
  • The Greatest Showman singalong, Sunday 31 July (9.30pm onwards)

Outdoor theatre at Arlington Court

  • King Arthur (Wednesday 3 August)
    • Workshop for 6–11 year-olds (4 -5.30pm)
    • Performance (6-8.30pm)
  •  A Midsummer Night’s DreamSunday 14 August (6-8.30pm)
  • War of the Worlds (Sunday 21 August)
    • Drama Workshop for 6-11 year-olds (4-5.30pm)
    • Performance (6-8.30pm)
  • Awful Auntie by David Walliams(Tuesday 30 August)
    • Drama Workshop for 6-11 year-olds (4-5.30pm)
    • Performance (6-8.30pm)

Out and about at Arlington Court

With over 20 miles of walkways through woodlands, past play areas and den building sites, and along streams, there's plenty of family fun to be had outdoors. Look carefully and you might even spot a deer. Did you know there's even a heronry to look out for?

'50 things to do before you're 11¾'

There are lot of '50 things' activities you can do with the family this summer. How about a barefoot walk on the lush green grass in front of the house or perhaps watch the clouds go by in the sky and try and spot some shapes, like a bird or an animal? You could even take a stroll on the lake walk and visit the bird hide, you may even see a heron in the heronry on the other side of the lake.

With many more '50 things to do before you're 11¾ download an activity sheet and see if you can tick them all off. There are lots you can do in the countryside but also lots along the coast, perhaps Woolacombe or Croyde or maybe even Heddons Mouth. Why not make a nature diary and write about or draw all the things you see and do over the spring, another '50 things' activity. 

Help us care for nature at Arlignton Court

Please respect our trees, wildlife and other visitors to the site. The woods are full of special trees and wildlife. Protect them by only playing with items from the ground; if it’s still attached to the tree, it still needs it! 

The fresh air at Arlington encourages the growth of many rare lichens on our trees. To help them grow and to create homes for bugs we leave fallen logs across the estate. Take care not to disturb these too much when hunting for creepy crawlies.

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Colouring in fun at home

Enjoy these downloadable colouring sheets, from Arlington to you. They're a great way to get a taste of the house and carriage museum at Arlington Court while those buildings are closed.

The boring bit for adults

  • Children must be supervised at all times.
  • The lake is full of mud which acts like quick sand, please keep children and dogs well away.
  • The play areas, when open, can be very muddy and we strongly advise old clothes and sturdy boots or wellingtons.
  • Cattle may be grazing in the parkland, please keep dogs on a lead and pick up after them - dog bins are located just outside the carriage museum and behind the visitor reception building, next to the building compound.
  • There are two small ponds in the formal gardens and a larger pond in the pleasure grounds.
  • If you need any assistance on your visit, the property team can be reached on 01271 851101 or 01271 851116 between 10.30am and 5pm.
Dog walking on a lead

Dogs at Arlington

The Chichesters, who owned Arlington Court for eleven generations, were a family of dog lovers, proven by a memorial at the back of the house. Today dogs on leads are still welcome in the grounds, formal gardens and carriage museum when open.

Visiting Arlington: what you need to know

We're looking forward to welcoming you back. In this article you will find everything you need to know about what's open and what to expect from your visit.